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Apiary-backed Bertram acquires outstanding children’s nursery



One of Cheshire’s leading children’s nurseries, Smarties, has become part of the Bertram Nursery Group, a national nursery chain with an existing presence in the North West of England and Scotland.


Founded 32 years ago by qualified teacher Annie Silcock, Smarties has been awarded ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted in its last four inspections. It was awarded UK Nursery of the Year by the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) in 2018.


Bertram CEO Cary Rankin said, “Smarties is a beautiful nursery with wonderful, carefully planned, outdoor facilities that we will continue to grow and develop in line with our shared vision for out-of-doors learning. We are delighted that Annie has entrusted us with her legacy and are excited to move forward with the team and build on the excellent partnerships with parents and schools that ensure every child can thrive and develop.”


“In Bertram Nursery Group, I have found my ideal successors,” said Annie Silcock. “We share the same ethos and values regarding our approach to our people and childcare. They feel it is important that nurseries in the group retain their individual character and Bertram has an exciting, long-term vision for developing one of the best outdoor provisions in the UK.”


Bertram Nursery Group now operates 37 nurseries in North West England and Scotland which provide a trusted, caring and nurturing environment for children in the region. The Group is committed to investing in its nurseries and the training and development of their teams.


Smarties provides places for more than 100 children aged from three months to five years. Set in more than two acres of grounds it provides outdoor activities and boasts a variety of play areas together with a grand tepee tent.


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